Tuesday, 3 July 2012

FUFO: Finished Un-Finished Object & a Precious New Born!

It's done, it's done, the M5850. I love the fabric, it reminds me of the sky at about 7pm in winter, after the sun has set and the sky is dark, but there are light clouds.

Continuing on from my last post, my violent attack on the broken zipper left me with this to deal with:

Tears in my fabric. Note to self: Unpick, do not forcefully tear zipper off fabric!
Big thank you to everyone's sympathy and suggestions on how to fix it.
It's comforting to know I am not the only one that has these issues.

I used interfacing to "mend" it. Kinda worked, it held the fabric together to prevent further tearing, but on the right side it was still frayed.

Luckily, the ridiculous amount of ease built into the pattern saved they day - I had to take the back seams in a whopping 4cm so the tears ended up being cut off. Good news story!

I interfaced the heck out of the bodice, which probably contributed to the bulky seams, but it helped the bodice hold it's shape very well, which I like. I boned the side and the back seams. I love boning. I think I am going to bone all my dresses from now on.

Hahaha.


For the skirt, instead of gathering it, I folded soft pleats into it. This ended up being a nightmare when I was trying to get the exposed zipper in place... the folds got in the way (because of the 4cm SA) and made everything awkward.

The zipper was the biggest issue I had with this dress. From the invisible zipper that broke, to the metal zipper that kept getting caught in the fabric, but after the fourth attempt, I finally found peace.


The dress looks gorgeous, on a coat hanger. I am not built for a strapless dress.

I really hate armpits and my weird side boob fat. For the version I am making at class, I want to add straps to it. I feel so naked in the dress, especially because all my dresses that I make now have high necks and I am getting used to that style.

So why did I pick a pattern for a strapless dress? One of my best friends suggested that I try making something strapless She loves strapless dresses and she looks gorgeous in them.

Photo of us at Christmas 2011, not best pic but it shows her in a strapless dress.
Don't mind me and my derp face, not sure what I'm doing there...
...but I am wearing a handmade dress! My LBD!
The skirt is a great length. No mods needed for short me however I did shorten the pattern pieces by an inch or so, only so all my pattern pieces could fit on my 1.5m of fabric. I used the same fabric for the bodice lining and didn't line the skirt because the cotton sateen was quite thick.

I cut a 6 bust and 8 waist. Took the back seams in 4cm and it still seems to fall a little. The midriff piece sits around my ribs, but the measurement for the piece is based on my waist- which is obviously wider... anyway.

Getting the perfect fit is so hard. Sewing is easy. Fitting is hard.

Exposed zipper.
I love how the dress looks from the back, mainly cos there's no armpits! The exposed zipper looks great to me, but I was getting tired of it... I have 6 handmades with exposed zippers. Some deliberate, some because the garments couldn't handle an invisible zipper and a metal trouser zipper was the strongest solution I could come up with.

The skirt is nice, but nothing new, my handmade wardrobe is full of gathered skirts. I love them. Can't fault them.


Here's my pattern review, I'll do a better review on the floral M5850 once I finish it at class.

Pattern: M5850
Size: Bust: 6, Waist: 8, Hips: 8
Fabric: 1.5m cotton sateen
Notions: Trouser Zipper 8", Gutermann thread (000), 70cm polyboning, interfacing
Time: 3 days
Cost: $10? (fabric, interfacing, polyboning, zip), pattern and thread from my stash. 
Fabric was on sale for $3.50/m, zipper $2, polyboning $4/m, interfacing $2/m.
Techniques used: 
    • Boning
    • Rolled Hem
On a non-sewing related topic, I have a new baby cousin!!!!!! 

Have been waiting for this precious bub since the 23rd of June! And here she finally is. I am not usually the type to gush all over a newborn, but just look at her! 

Her cheeks are EDIBLE!!! The most gorgeous chubby cheeks. She's a healthy 3.680kg. 







She is one day old. Just adorable. I am not used to holding babies, I was so scared I'd drop her. My mum was like "Calm down, she's not going to fly away!"

Aw, I just love her.


31 comments:

  1. I love your dress, and that fabric is amazing! I normally don't like strapless dresses, either, but there can be something quite elegant about them (as long as they don't fall down...). I think it looks great on you. And congrats on the new baby in your family.

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    1. Thanks Andrea!! I love strapless dresses too, I'll make it my mission to make one that fits the way I like xx

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  2. You sew so cute dresses! Please do not hate your armpit 'fat' and yourself in strapless dresses. I also thought I could not wear strapless (and I think have a similar upper shape), until I had a bridesmaid dress fitted and realized that I have a narrow underbust and long upper torso, above the bust - so no wonder no patterns or RTW dresses worked for me without making me look flattened and squished. I think this bodice may be too short at the top for you and squishes your bosoms into your armpit, I think it is not a 'too fat' issue at all. Before you give up on strapless, Fitting bodices to my (28F cup) bust I found that realizing how much more I needed fabric in front instead of back, the pattern fit was simply off, even if the dress 'fit'. Did you do an FBA? If you need a 6 for your back, and the pattern is the usual B cup, squishing is likely unavoidable. You are gorgeous, and it's not you it's the pattern! Good luck and do not give up! This blogpost made me realize that patterns may have to modified heavily to make a busty bust fit http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-bombshell-dress-at-last-a-muslin-that-fits/)

    Mona

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    1. Hi Mona!
      Thank you so much for your informative and encouraging comment :D
      I think you are right, I have always suspected that I have a long.. or short torso!
      Can't figure which I have though, but I think my belly button sits lower that where I think it should sit!!!
      What you said in your comment makes sense to me, I think I have a longer upper torso.
      I re-read Lauren's post and now that I have experienced a bodice issue, I can relate.
      I am certain I am a B cup so I shouldn't need an FBA, ...hrm.. I have always thought I was a B cup but lately I have been feeling abit of side spillage when wearing my bras, so maybe it's time i get fitted again! Do u think that's why I look squishy??
      Thanks again for your comment, really really insightful!!
      xo
      PS are you on Twitter or have a blog, I'd like to keep in touch :)

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    2. Hi Neeno, I don't have a blog (yet) and started sewing a few month ago, thank you for asking, I feel flattered! I was worried my comment was too long & rambling. Here is a good really inisghtful post on bra-fitting for a longer torso (http://www.bralessinbrasil.com/2012/07/torso-length-height-underarm-fit-and.html). Your underbust measurement should be your band size, and each inch difference in underbust adds a cup size, so if you have more than ~2" difference you likely need more than a B. I'll happily keep reading your blog!

      Mona

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  3. Adorable dress (and newborn!!)! - I refuse to even think of making a strapless dress...I hate how I look in them and am not selfless enough to sew one for someone else! :)

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    1. Main reason I wanted to make a strapless was cos I wanted to try boning and because I saw everyone's Bombshell dresses and got jelly :P

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  4. Aww, I'm so glad you saved the dress! I think that fabric works nicely with the exposed zipper look. As for the bodice issues, it looks like the top portion might just be too short...I have had that issue with RTW strapless dresses, which makes me feel uncomfortably close to popping out when I wear the dress. Maybe on your next make, try extending the top? Or just add a halter strap to make you feel more secure?

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    1. Oh Cindy I spent HOURS on this darn zipper!!! The exposed zipper was tricky too, I almost gave up!!! I had to position the pleats neatly underneath the zipper, such a task!!! I just bought the M6331 with bralette/cups (?) as suggested by Jenny (Ms Jenny Homemaker)and I'm hoping that the top portion on that is more generous.
      I don't know why, but lately I haven't been "hacking" patterns.. I should start hacking these patterns up to get the fit I like hey!

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  5. Happy finish of dress's story! You look great!

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  6. Girl, you're crazy! You look great in this dress! Of course, it's always weird to show more skin than you're used to, but you totally pull off this dress!

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    1. Ginger you are too kind :P I put the better photos on the blog... my god there were some unflattering pics!!! DELETE DELETE DELETE! XX

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  7. It's a very beautiful dress and fits you perfectly!! you must wear it! congrats

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    1. Thanks Ana, I will find a way to make it work, too much effort went into it :)

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  8. Wow!! You did a great job on this dress.You look very nice in it too! I don't know how to insert boning but I've been inspired thanks :)

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    1. I used polyboning, it is plastic (?) and inside a casing which is removable. SO EASY. I haven't used steel boning before, but i want to one day!!! Try polyboning (Birch) it's very easy to use :)

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    2. I found that cable ties (cheap from the hardwarestore!) work nicely, especially if you just want to try out if stuff works.

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  9. You may feel self conscious but you look so great :) I know what you mean about disliking strapless though, I'm always paranoid about them slipping down... Well done for persevering through zipper hell!!
    Congrats on your new cousin :)

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    1. I think once I learn how to make adjustment to lengthen the bodice, I will get a better fit and i wont fell naked any more ;)

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  10. Lovely dress. You look good in it. Don't know what u mean by not liking strapless. You look gorgeous. That's why I like ease in my fabrics, for mistakes in measurement or say I put on weight, Which I seem to have done lately.
    Lovely baby too. Congrats.
    Guess in the near future you'll be making girl dresses for her. :) . Regards.

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    1. I didn't want the bust to be so fitted, but it wasn't holding up, even with the boning, so i took it in heaps at the waist... and took in the same amount at the bust. I think the guys are right, the top portion of the bodice is too short!

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  11. You look wonderful in this dress. This style really suits you nicely!

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  12. I really like the dress! It's funny how we think so much more about what suits us, when we have to put in hours of work to make the clothes ;-)

    (the baby is lovely, too)

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    1. I am starting to scrutinize much more because I have spent so much time hand making dresses and some of them don't even get worn because I don't like the style on me.

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  13. Gorgeous girls! And what a cute little cousin you have - congrats!

    Haha I think you look fine in a strapless dress? I don't wear them cos I don't have the boobs to hold them up *sob*

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  14. Wow love this dress your version should be on the pattern cover its so much nicer!! Looks stunning on you. Wish I had your figure to wear those dresses. Congrats on the bubbly I have just become an auntie too it's very exciting.

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